The Best Episodes Directed by Yoshihisa Matsumoto

The Festival Orchestrating Chapter - Part 9 - Attack and Defense

#1 - The Festival Orchestrating Chapter - Part 9 - Attack and Defense

When They Cry - Higurashi Season 2 - Episode 22

Upon discovering that Tomitake has been captured, Irie rushes to escape and ends up meeting Shion and her bodyguard, Kasai, on their way to the Sonozaki Estate. Little do they know, they're being followed...

star 9.75
73 votes
...It's Good...

#2 - ...It's Good...

Secret of Nogizaka Haruka Season 2 - Episode 5

Yuuto is invited to the annual encounter of maids and butlers due to his one week job at the Tennouji household. Yuuto is introduced to the rest of the Nogizaka family's maids and enjoys the party alongside Alice, until the arrival of Shute Sutherland, the same rich boy who caused him trouble during Haruka's birthday party, and because of it was ordered by his father to work as a butler for a while as a lesson in humility. After having his suit accidentally dirtied by Alice, Shute shouts at her and states how the butlers and maids at the party are inferior beings. However, Yuuto stands to protect Alice, and with Shute's father's approval, he and his lackeys are given the proper punishment by the members of the gathering. Yuuto is complimented by the other guests, and Alice mutters some words of thanks to him.

star 8.67
91 votes
An Enemy From The Past, Teppa Azien

#3 - An Enemy From The Past, Teppa Azien

Grenadier Season 1 - Episode 8

Another one of the Joutensen attacks, and this time it's a childhood friend of Rushuna's.

star 8.46
113 votes
Calm Down, Two Men

#4 - Calm Down, Two Men

Black Lagoon Season 1 - Episode 7

Sensing that his two employees need to deal with their conflicts, Dutch assigns Rock to go into town and deal with some errands concerning different deliveries. But Rock is required to take Revy along with him, and it becomes questionable whether Rock and Revy will be able to deal with each other without someone dying on the way.

star 8.08
346 votes
Too Late

#5 - Too Late

Grand Blue Dreaming Season 1 - Episode 5

Iori and Kohei attend class in their underwear like normal, but everyone glares at them with a bloodthirsty look in their eyes! It's because they heard that Iori and Chisa are dating! Sensing their lives are in danger, Iori and Kohei offer to setup a mixer. They ask Azusa to introduce her friends, but she brings Aina Yoshiwara, the "Cakey" girl from the Izu Spring Festival!

star 7.83
42 votes
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Men's Cocktails

#6 - Men's Cocktails

Grand Blue Dreaming Season 1 - Episode 8

The members of the diving team start working part-time jobs to pay for their trip to Okinawa. However, Iori and Kohei end up spending all their earnings on drinking. Meanwhile, Kotobuki is working hard as a bartender, and his boss lets Iori and Kohei try it out too. However, these two idiots don't know how to make cocktails, and end up creating some dangerous new drinks!

star 7.67
33 votes
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An Angry Hakufu and a School Wide Counterattack

#7 - An Angry Hakufu and a School Wide Counterattack

Ikki Tousen Season 1 - Episode 5

The Great Fighter's Tournament is approaching quickly. Totaku, the previous victor, is hoping that the other schools will eliminate each other, leaving him to do battle with the sole, under-strengthed school left in the tournament (other than his own), and in order for ends to meet, he has rigged the draw for the tournament. Hakufu goes on a rampage to avenge Taishiji, but is defeated, until the spirit awakens within her once again...

star 7.66
205 votes
Training Camp Begins!

#8 - Training Camp Begins!

Ace of Diamond Season 1 - Episode 14

Sawamura continues to train hard, but when Chris notices he is overworking, he has Miyuki pul lhim into the indoor training facility for some pickoff training and leg positioning training so he won't get hurt. Furuya is reminded he must trim his nails and is also forced to start pickoff training. Furuya tells Miyuki he has a twisted personality. Tanba watches his rivals and vows not to give the ace number to anyone else. As hell week begins Tanba and Kawakami are sent to the bullpen while Sawamura and Furuya are forced to work on fielding practice and base coverage scenarios. Once their coverage scenarios are done they are sent out for outfield catching. In the bullpen Tanba works on a secret pitch with Miyauchi. When the 100 yard sprints start and the night workouts increase, Sawamura realizes him and his fellow first years haven't prepared for anything like this.

star 7.57
28 votes
The Two Affections Start to Turn

#9 - The Two Affections Start to Turn

Honey and Clover Season 1 - Episode 2

Morita's motive for his terrible treatment on Hagumi is revealed in his website, and the stressed out Hagumi is enraged by what but he did. However, Morita soon repays her for her troubles.

star 7.09
47 votes
That Brooch Was So Heavy

#10 - That Brooch Was So Heavy

Honey and Clover Season 1 - Episode 9

Everyone is working late preparing their exhibits for the school festival including Hagumi, who has trouble with her wax work. She later finds a white broach that someone had made for her. The broach is quite similar to the one she had doodled on her notebook. Hagumi also gets a job to help Yamada sell Christmas goodies at her family store but they have to compete with a new supermarket that has opened nearby.

star 6.34
41 votes
The Moon is Calling Her

#11 - The Moon is Calling Her

Honey and Clover Season 1 - Episode 16

The firm Mayama was about to be apart. For some intentional purpose, his boss put him into the group of people who have to leave Tokyo to another place. At the same time, Rika-san's assistant was is hospital and she hasn't been able to find a replacement. Hence, Mayama decided to leave the firm and came back to work for Rika-san, without much of asking for her permission. Yamada acknowledged about this through Nomiya (Mayama's boss) and she was really depressed after that. After that, she was proposed by four guys from the shopping arcane (they were friends since small) but she ran away. Hanamoto-sensei later on explained for her that the situation of her and Mayama was similar and in that case (loving someone who doesn't love you), people could just choose either "make some effort or give it up" and advised her to tell those guys her true feelings. After Yamada left, Hanamoto-sensei's thinking revealed that there is a third choice, but he would never speak it out.

star 6.16
37 votes